Doreen Mantle

South African-born English actress

Doreen Mantle (born 1926) is a South African-born[1] English actress who is probably best known for her role as Jean Warboys in One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000).[2]

Doreen Mantle
Born1926 (aged 91-92)
Years active1960–present

She has appeared in many British television series from the 1960s to the present, such as The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House, Sam Saturday, Chalk, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Holby City and Jonathan Creek. She played lollipop lady Queenie in Jam & Jerusalem (2006–09). She appeared in episode 63 of Father Brown in January 2018.[3]

Mantle has worked extensively on the stage in such productions as My Fair Lady, Keep It in the Family, The Seagull and Hamlet. She also toured Britain in Billy Liar in the role of Florence Boothroyd and performed at the National Theatre in The Voysey Inheritance. In 1979 she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Death of a Salesman.[4] She has also done a great deal of radio work for BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service. Mantle played the long suffering wife of the rabbi in BBC Radio 4's comedy series The Attractive Young Rabbi.[5]

In 1983 Mantle played "Mrs Shaemen" in Yentl.[6] In 2011, Mantle appeared in Coronation Street as the mother of Colin Fishwick whose identity was taken by John Stape.[7]



  1. Webber, Richard (2006). The Complete One Foot in the Grave. London: Orion. p. 48; ISBN 0-7528-7357-1.
  2. Dickson, Andrew (25 August 2015). "How we made One Foot in the Grave". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  3. "The Kembleford Dragon, Series 6, Father Brown - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (PDF). The Society of London Theatre. 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  5. Arnold, Steve. "The Attractive Young Rabbi". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  6. Monaco, James (1992). The Movie Guide. Perigee Books. ISBN 9780399517808. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. Kilkelly, Daniel (27 October 2010). "'One Foot in the Grave' star joins Corrie". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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